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Wondrous Words Wednesday

… Is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we have encountered in our reading.

It is hosted by Kathy, over at BermudaOnion’s Weblog.

You can either stop by and leave a link to your own ‘mystery’ words of the week, or just browse the eclectic mix of words that others have discovered, there is always a great selection.

Don’t forget that Kathy and the rest of us, all love to read your comments  as well, so that we can visit and share your words of the week!

My words this week are taken from a book I have recently finished reading:

‘Breaking The Devil’s Heart’ by H.A. Goodman.


Although he has not committed an egregious act yet, his addictions and depression can easliy combine to form a profitable scenario

EGREGIOUS – Conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible.



People can’t read the “projected earnings” of friends or acquaintances, or prognosticate with great accuracy what a stranger we meet will do in the future

PROGNOSTICATE – to foretell (future events) according to present signs or indications.



At first only a handful of the rambunctious crowd joined us …

RAMBUNCTIOUS – Boisterous and disorderly.



Unlike my initial visit, this time the demonic bourse was brimming with a unique type of nervous energy

BOURSE – A stock exchange of continental Europe, especially  Paris.

I got a little confused with this word, as right up until the end of the book, where it appeared, the author had been referring to this area of hell, as the stock exchange, which of course I am completely familiar with in the UK. I am not really sure of the reason for the sudden switch.

What great new words have you all discovered this week?


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    • Hi Kathy,

      Wow! you were quick off the mark with your comments, I will stop by tomorrow to link to your post, however the time differences between yourself and me here in the UK, are such that, when you generally post your link, I am mid way through my working day and unable to connect. (it is now 11.30pm Tuesday here)

      I was quite a quiet child, more than content with my own company and always a voracious reader. However, when I did go out, I was always the ring leader of the group and I can remember my mum calling me plenty of things, although rambunctious wasn’t one of them!

      Yes, this book is particularly rich in words and phrases and whilst it made for some quite insightful reading, I did also get bogged down a little on more than one occasion.

      Thanks for stopping by, you are always welcome.

  • I knew them all except bourse. I had never heard of this author or book so I looked it up on Amazon and wow…the cover gave me goosebumps as did the blurb. Not my kind of read, but I hope you enjoyed it.

    • Hi Vicki,

      The cover of the book is certainly something else, isn’t it? The book itself, although very much in the fantasy genre and not generally something I would be instantly drawn to, has some much deeper messaging about man’s inhumanity to man and the horrors of human history. It certainly made for some very thought provoking reading, although I am still not really sure if I ‘enjoyed’ it or not.

      It’s a bit of a shame that I could only fox you on one word, but thanks for taking the time to read the post and leave your comments, I always appreciate it.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      Everyone seems to know rambunctious … I must just be such a quiet and well behaved person, that I haven’t ever come across it !! (believe that and you’ll believe anything!!)

      Thanks for commenting, I always appreciate reading your thoughts about a post.

    • Hi Naida,

      I never thought of a word as sounding elegant before, but I have to admit that egregious is a great word to try out in company and see what kind of reaction I get. When I first discovered the definition of the word, the first thing that came to mind was outrageous … it’s funny how we instantly associate one word with another, isn’t it?

      Strictly speaking, Hell is a company with sales targets and which buys and sells ‘commodities’ on an internal stock exchange … not traditional commodities you understand …. the ‘company’ deals in the trade of human souls!!

      Intrigued yet??

      Thanks as always for stopping by to read and comment.

    • Hi Nikki,

      All is well here, thanks for asking. Enjoying this ‘Indian Summer’ we seem to be having, although I haven’t actually seen much of it, as the charity shop is so busy, I have been in most days full time and the nights are drawing in, so nipping out for a stroll after work isn’t really an option.

      This book was so full of great phraseology and thought provoking material, although I am not really sure that I ‘gelled’ with the story fully. I think perhaps it was just a bit too long! The review is going to need an awful lot of thought!

      Thanks for stopping by, great to hear from you.

  • I think I need to buy a lottery ticket as I knew your words again this week. It was a close call with Bourse though, we walked past it quite a bit in Paris. I really like egregious, it’s a fantastic word.

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